US Senior Women’s Open – Round 3

May 19, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

Three over for the day. Blame it on nerves. Very understandable.

Lisa’s heart was racing from the get-go and every throb radiated to her head. Her hands were shaking so much, she had trouble lining up the stripe on her ball with the intended direction on the green. A few three-putt greens resulted.

But when she finally settled in, all was well once more. Should be fine on Sunday.

Dined at SoPies NY Pizzeria for dinner with Rick and Mark. Best pizza in town.


US Senior Women’s Open – Round 1 and 2

May 17, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

A +3 and a +1 round = four over. Sitting pretty good going into the weekend.

Three poor short approaches (very unlike Lisa) cost us in round one and a double on a par three did the same today. But Lisa countered with six birdies today to make up for the inevitable lost strokes on a difficult course.

A fairer course setup today made it scorable. Must have dumped some water on the greens. Holding well for the most part.

Looks like we made it on the USGA website.

Me and Lisa Depaulo at the US Senior Women's Open 2019

We started on ten this morning and had to take a shuttle to the tee. They used a large van and when we arrived, the acrid aroma of overheated brakes greeted us upon arrival. The parking brake never released. Smoke was wafting from the right rear drum and some said they saw flames. We mentioned it to the driver and he was well aware of the problem. In fact, “It’s been doing that the last three days. “ was his reply.

The grub at Caddie HQ really sucks. Yesterday, I don’t know if they even brought out lunch. When I checked after eleven in the morning, leftover biscuits and gravy and cereal from breakfast were all to be had. No one was around. Today, lunch was baked beans and pulled chicken, I think. It was hard to tell. As you can imagine that’s a fairly messy combo especially without silverware!

I dined with Lisa in Player Hospitality. Baked salmon, a very cheesy risotto and carrots dressed my plate and Miller Lite washed it down. Cookies with a cup of java were the exclamation point at the end of my dining experience.

US Senior Women’s Open–Wednesday

May 16, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

Touched them all. Good thing too. Nine was on the schedule but decided to keep going. They added some forward tees and the greens are firming up.

Finished the day with a massage from Lisa using a Hypervolt vibration massager. Unbelievable! Topped that off with a couple Duck Hook pale ales and a nosh.

Here are some caddie/player matchups.

Rick “The Nerd” “Big Cat” Kim Williams
Stephanie Farwig Barb Mucha
Chris Fitzpatrick Donna Andrews
Tom Borwick Audra Burks
Mark Scott Lotta (of course)
Doug Wilbur Christine Reuss
Jeff DeCoen Jean Bartholomew
Donald Sneeden Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Ralph Scarinzi Julie Inkster
Danny Sharp Lorie Kane
Dan Wilson Danielle Ammaccapane
Tracy Hanson Barb Bunkowski
Rocky Venn Jane Geddes
Travis Wilson Tammie Green
Lenore Rittenhouse Nancy Harvey
Theresa Durand Jane Crafter
Speedway ?
Gail Graham Elaine Crosby
Tat Shiely Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Caroline Gowan Nancy Bowen

From The Desert To the Pines

May 14, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo (aka DePaulo Creed Smile) this week at the US Senior Women’s Open.

It was a good stay in the desert and hope to be back next year.

Walked the course with Mark Scott on Sunday and even though I’ve been here twice before, only the last two holes offered some familiarity.

I worked for TV in 1996 and caddied for Dina Ammaccapane in 2007.

Basically, this is my first loop of the year (I pushed a trolley at the qualifier) and as all caddies know, the first few are real ball-busters. My stash of ibuprofen will be significantly reduced by the end of the week.

I’m staying in an Airbnb (about a mile from the course) with Rick and Mark. Nice place.

Sunday the course was closed for play and Susie Redman found out the hard way. She was on number two when someone came out and confiscated her clubs. “They’ll be in club storage” she was told.

The word went out that ten local caddies were needed which seems odd until you hear why. Word is the “locals” were not pleased with the pay scale during the Q-Series last year. They make more working for amateurs.

Played the front yesterday and the back today. The plan was to touch them all today but Lisa wasn’t feelin’ it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The caddies who attended last year’s Open was disappointed with the food at Caddie HQ. No comparison was the unanimous opinion. The folks in Chicago really went all out.

Last One

April 25, 2019

One final hike of the season. I beat the heat and rang up 5.5 miles today. Unlike last year, a couple snakes made an appearance. I shooed them away with my walking sticks.

I’ll be heading for Tampa tomorrow.

snake one

snake 2

Leslie Is In The Open… Maybe

April 24, 2019

Leslie shot +1 in the Senior Women’s Open Qualifier and it was evident to us early on, that a playoff was in the wings. We were right.

Thirty-seven players teed it up for a generous eight spots and now, one more layer had to be eliminated. Six hopefuls for five spots went into extra innings. Good odds without a doubt.

We started on ten and Leslie’s approach was a bit thin and finished a pace or two short of the green. But the pin was only eight on and considering the severity of the green, it was a good leave. For the first time all day, by her own admission, Leslie was at peace and it showed. She rattled the stick dead center and found the bottom of the cup for birdie! Leslie made it to  The US Women’s Senior Open. Bravo!

There is one caveat though. The NCAA Championship is the same week as the Open. So, if her team qualifies, she obviously goes with the team.

Here are the scores. There may be a delay with our results.

Sandra Palmer and Susie Berning were there at the end and Sandra (aka Miss P) came out to watch the playoff.

Mark_Sandra Palmer and Larry

Mark Scott looped for Lisa DePaulo and she birdied the next hole to qualify. Since Leslie will not know if she’ll be playing until the eighth of May, I’ll be looping for Lisa at The Open.

When you think you’ve seen it all, well you know the rest.

During our practice round on Monday, we were accompanied by Leslie’s boyfriend Larry. Larry played golf but was unfamiliar with the minutia of tournament golf and the preparation there of.

On our third hole, Leslie asked him to ‘make a hole’. It refers to placing something on the green to putt to but instead of dropping a pencil or some other object, he pulls out a blue magic marker and draws a hole on the green! We couldn’t contain ourselves. That was a good laugh.

If he was a rookie caddie, I wonder what his nickname would be?

More hiking the last few days and it’s evident the super bloom is all but over. What was green is now brown and the death knell for the ubiquitous flowers has tolled.

Here’s one way to learn the rules of golf on the LPGA. Will free beer really accentuate one’s memory?


LPGA Rules Official Pete Lis, has accepted an officiating position with the Tour.  Bye-bye Pete.

More Prep

April 18, 2019

Mark Scott and I did another Tamarisk once-over late yesterday afternoon.

Here are the tee times for the Senior Open qualifier.

Leslie’s college team won the three-day, Mountain West Championship at Mission Hills yesterday. They all jumped in Poppy’s Pond. Check out the video.

The day after the Senior Open qualifier, Mark will caddie the Women’s Open qualifier at Industry Hills for Liselotte Neumann and he’s not done yet. The three-day member guest at Big Horn is next.

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